Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bearing His Reproach

You have heard how He was reproached for you: are you unwilling to be reproached for Him! You have heard how He went without the camp in that shameful manner: are you unwilling to go without the camp for Him? Too many Christians try to be Christians in the camp, and it cannot be done. “Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds.”

There is so much of worldly conformity among us; but the promise is not to worldly-minded Christians, but “Come ye out from among them; be ye separate; touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you.” How much we lose by affinities with the world! How much of distance there is between us and God, because of the nearness there is between us and the world! Come out, ye lovers of the Savior, and tread the separated way which your Savior trod before you!

From a sermon entitled "The Sin Offering," delivered March 10, 1867. Image by Tela Chhe under Creative Commons License.

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